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on Aug 24, 1999 at 22:42 UTC ( #261=perlfunc: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


See the current Perl documentation for oct.

Here is our local, out-dated (pre-5.6) version:

oct - convert a string to an octal number

oct EXPR


Interprets EXPR as an octal string and returns the corresponding value. (If EXPR happens to start off with 0x, interprets it as a hex string instead.) The following will handle decimal, octal, and hex in the standard Perl or C notation:

    $val = oct($val) if $val =~ /^0/;

If EXPR is omitted, uses $_. This function is commonly used when a string such as 644 needs to be converted into a file mode, for example. (Although perl will automatically convert strings into numbers as needed, this automatic conversion assumes base 10.)

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